Here you have 7 easy songs, perfect for the harmonica beginner. In these songs, all the notes are within the middle register: cells 4, 5 and 6. These cells are the easiest to play!
These are simple songs, but to play them well you should have good control of all the notes at the middle register, both individually and when moving between cells, also you need to practice articulations using syllables “TA” and “DA” when doing repetitions of blow and draw notes, respectively. You can see these articulations marked in bold on the tablature.
Another way to facilitate reading, is to add the syllable of the articulation (“TA” for the blow notes and “DA” for the draw ones) like in the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” tablature.
The songs are arranged by difficulty and each song has its slow practice version and the original tempo version. It is convenient to learn the song by sections and then play it all together.
Is more important to play a song with a good clean sound than doing it quickly.
The last two songs: “This Old Man” and “Jingle Bells”, have various articulations and many passages of cell leaps which makes them even more demanding for the beginner.
When you make cell leaps, you must not move the mouth from the harmonica very far away, just try to keep the separation to a minimum and falling into the center of the cell you want to play next. Doing, for example, jump from holes 6 to 4, hole 5 could be (without intention) activated by falling short, or cell 3 by taking a bigger leap than it’s required. At first, difficulties in cell leaps are normal because of lack of reference, but with practice you will improve this!
If you enter this article directly, the tablature with the arrow system I use is: up arrow meaning blow notes and down arrow for draw notes. Learn more about different tablature systems on this article: “How to read harmonica tabs”
I play all the songs with a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (letter C).
2. Ode to Joy
The second part of the theme (last 3 lines) is repeated. Note that in the last line, although the tablature says 3 blow, which would be the correct note of the original song, the audio is recorded with the same note one octave above (the G of the middle register) playing 6 blow instead of 3 blow, as a variant to test the jump from cell 4 to 6 since we are working on these first topics with cells 4, 5 and 6, the most accessible to play of the entire harmonica.